Lauren Rosenblum is a fiber artist from Long Island, NY. She began her fiber art career studying traditional quilt designs: "my early love of quilting began with traditional designs. I quickly began dying my own fabric with fiber reactive dyes, silk screen, and shibori techniques." She is currently a professor at the Long Island Academy of Fine Arts.
Fiber art is artwork created from natural or synthetic fibers such as fabric or yarn. Fiber art focuses on the materials used and the manual labor on the part of the artist to create art out of "non-traditional" materials.
Shibori is a style of fabric dying dating back to ancient Japanese culture. Lauren derived her style from the traditional study; her process is uniquely her own. "I dye the cotton fabric to a dark color, then with a paintbrush, I remove each value with a de-colorant paste. When I have the values correct, I mix fiber reactive dyes with a chemical paste and then on as a glaze. The final process is sandwiching the three layers: the painting fabric, the batting, and the backing; together using silk yarns (which I also dye), and beading. The yarns are hand stitched through all three layers; the use of silk yarns hand threaded into the pieces give the trees and flora an organic feel." Between each process of dying, de-coloring, hand painting, the piece must be dried and ironed.